Stylish Entryways That Set the Tone for the Whole Home
A proper entryway sets the stage for the rest of your home. These are the essential (and totally easy) tips to follow in order to create your own stunning foyer, no matter how much square footage you're working with.
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Curate a corner right in the foyer in order to successfully set the mood for the rest of your interior. Rather than opting for an expected console, switch things up by creating a cozy little nook that doubles as the perfect spot to store your on-the-go essentials. An upholstered bench placed on top of layered rugs will transform even the smallest entry into a swoon-worthy space.
Floor-length mirrors may be found most often in bedrooms and bathrooms, but sometimes it’s just necessary to check yourself out before you head out the door. So why not keep one of these outfit savers in the entryway? Grab an oversized option and lean it against the wall for a trendy vibe that will also help to keep your space feeling big and bright. While the mirror on its own is perfect, a minimalist bench placed right in front of it will create a design-forward look that is just as stylish as it is functional.
If you’re tight on space, but in desperate need of some extra storage, a floating option just be just what you're looking for. Avoid overcrowding in your foyer by clearing your floors and taking the furniture to the walls instead. Whether it’s a console or cabinets that have been installed at mid-wall level, they’ll make any entry look thoughtfully designed. Stash all of those essentials right in the drawers and utilize its surface to show off a collection of decorative accents. If the area feels a bit drab, throw a brightly hued rug down to add a fun pop of color.
A good rug has the power to completely transform just about any room. From the kitchen to the hallways, textiles will elevate the overall style of your interior in one easy step. Take a risk by laying down an option that may not traditionally be kept in this area of the home, like this statement animal hide. While you may more often see something like this on display in a living space or at the foot of a bed, it’s perfectly suited to an entryway too.
Whether you have a grand space or you’re working with a narrow hallway, these small-scale choices feel instantly chic. Skip long, upholstered benches and opt for something more modest in structure. From leather to wood, the options are endless and make the perfect companions to last minute shoe tying. Bring everything together flawlessly by hanging a mirror directly above this piece for a less is more look that suites any home.
We’ve seen our fair share of benches and chairs, but this built-in option makes a formal aesthetic seem a bit more fresh and modern. Install a bench against a wall for seating, but more importantly, storage. Whether it’s cabinets, drawers, or cubbies, these extra spots are crucial for all of those outdoor essentials you may not necessarily want to keep on display. Spruce up the bench itself by adding an assortment of throw pillows in a range of colors, patterns and textures to create an unforgettable foyer.
Plenty of Plants
If you don’t technically have a proper entryway, but are lusting after the look of one, just fake it until you make it. Big pieces of furniture and seats may not be in the picture for you, but certain accents can take a drab entry and turn it into something magazine-worthy in an instant. The budget-friendly option that we love? An assortment of plants. An oversized indoor tree is a jaw-dropping choice that livens up the space in a fresh way. If you’re working with a narrow hall or an awkward layout, smaller plants work just as well.
When it comes to small nooks like this one, there's no need to shy away from incorporating a statement piece in order to induce some serious interior envy. Forget about the generic choices and use any available walls to showcase a settee or small-scale sofa. Having a plush seating option be the first thing you see when you step into your home makes all the difference. Consider an understated pattern or muted hue for the upholstery itself to create a soft aesthetic that won’t appear to be too overwhelming in the entry space.
Gallery walls shouldn't be reserved for the space above your sofa, and this entry proves just that. Incorporate some prints, paintings and photographs from your collection for an unexpected statement piece right by your door. Create a cohesive wall by arranging your framed favorites or simply highlight one or two larger pieces. Let your art be the star of the show, but use the floors to add even more style. Benches, accessories on display and a few plants will do wonders for your already flawless foyer.
For a perfectly minimalist look, skip bulky furniture and bring in something that may technically be small, but is still big in style. If having storage isn’t a necessity for your foyer, a simple surface is all you need to add some flair. While this piece serves as an ideal spot on which to keep your keys or a pair of sunglasses, it’s best to avoid clutter in order to keep this sophisticated setup looking polished. A vase with fresh flowers and a mirror with a metallic frame pair perfectly to create a focal point that wows.